On behalf of our faculty and staff, welcome to the summer 2016 Department of Kinesiology newsletter. Here you will find a vast array of information and news about our graduate and undergraduate academic programs and students, and our faculty, research and alumni.
It has been my pleasure to serve as department head for nearly two years now. As I approach 19 years with the department, I am both amazed and thrilled to see the growth and positive changes that have occurred in the department. We have truly extraordinary faculty committed to providing our more than 700 undergraduates and more 40 graduate students with an excellent education. Research by our faculty seeks to discover new knowledge related to physical activity and health, and translate this knowledge to improve people’s lives. Our faculty and students are creative and industrious as they successfully work together to achieve this goal. Also, since joining the College of Human Ecology three years ago, our department is receiving some unique opportunities for our faculty and students.
Some highlights of the past academic year include four new additions to the department. Travis Haug joined the department in summer 2015 as our LIFE adult fitness and CrossFit coordinator, and as our webpage and social media coordinator. T.J. Ackerman was recently hired as a full-time academic advisor for the department. Dr. Steven Copp started in January as an assistant professor of exercise physiology, and Dr. Carl Ade will begin this fall as an assistant professor of exercise physiology. Several faculty and students have received university and college awards this year, too.
In an effort to connect and reconnect with our alumni, I encourage you to check out our webpage at k-state.edu/kines, like us on Facebook, K-State Kinesiology, and follow us on Twitter, @KStateKines and @Craig_Harms.